People tend to buy a desk, a chair, a lamp, place their computer setup onto and hope for the best with little thought or planning about how those elements all work together and within the space they occupy. What often results is a mess of cables, wires, haphazardly placed peripherals and piles of "stuff" that only gets worse with time.
Here are 5 ways to beat back the battle of the bulge on and around your desk:
Know your space! This includes starting off with the right desk for the space, choosing a home office task chair that feels good and looks good, and situating them to maximize the way you work within the room. Play around with layout of your desk and chair for the first couple of weeks before settling everything into a more permanent layout. This can save a lot of headaches down the line (sometimes literally, when you discover excess glare from a window appearing only at certain times of the day).
Treat your desk like your desktop. We're going to assume the desktop on your computer isn't a wasteland of folders and icons, your trashcan isn't brimming of files that need to be emptied, and that you regularly maintain an organized system of in/out/to-do files. In a similar sense your real life desk requires a daily and weekly ritual of upkeep, and tidying up at the start or end of each session behind the keyboard can make a big difference.
Here's an excellent quote worth considering posted by Mike a couple months back:
"It’s important to remember that your workspace is a fluid environment. The work you do and the things you use are never static. They grow as you grow so your system needs to grow along with it. A clean workspace is key to doing good work. It makes tasks manageable and easier to accomplish. And of course, it also makes your [home] neater. (Setting) up a system of zones, based around purpose to help you reduce the clutter in your workspace and ultimately make yourself more productive and your workspace more enjoyable."
Here are some additional helpful outside sources about the topic of keeping an organized workspace we recommend:
- 3 Steps to a Permanently Clear Desk - Zen Habits
- 10 tips for keeping your desk clean and tidy - Life Clever
- How to Keep Your Desk Clear - Becoming Minimalist
- Clear Your Desk, Clear Your Mind - we particularly like Michael Hyatt's reapplication of Toyota's 5S system for desk maintenance.
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